Former Today Tonight exec producer Craig McPherson is returning to Seven -from his current role at Nine- to become Director of News and Public Affairs.
He joined Nine two years ago to become head of development for news and current affairs and to build Nine’s brand in Adelaide and Perth, after he was overlooked for the head of news and current affairs role when Peter Meakin retired. That role was split between Rob Raschke (news) and Neil Mooney (current affairs).
Now with Seven News trailing Nine, McPherson will have management responsibility for Seven News, Sunday Night, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Daily Edition and Today Tonight (Adelaide / Perth).
He is expected to have seniority to Rob Raschke.
Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said: “I am pleased to be working again with Craig. He’s a great operator. He has a passion for news and public affairs and is driven by success. I look forward to him once again being a vital part of Seven.”
Sources suggest the move comes after Nine roles were secure with no immediate prospects offering any new opportunities.
McPherson, who left Seven amid some consternation, is well liked and has a good nose for selling a story. Rather ridiculously, his new portfolio also includes The Morning Show -which goes head to head with that co-hosted by wife Sonia Kruger, Mornings on Nine.